Guild serial dating
Guild instruments manufactured after 2005 begin with a letter indicating the location of manufacture followed by the year.Guild Guitars does not have complete information regarding serial numbers of guitars built before the year 1960 due to a combination of missing documentation, data inconsistencies and employee errors.Does anyone have any info if the numbers relate to a date or year of manufacture?I'm just curious, and I have a feeling mine is quite an early example of this particular model. A seven-digit serial number beginning with six, for example, indicates 1996; a seven-digit number beginning with seven denotes 1997; an eight-digit number beginning with 98 denotes 1998, etc.A “KC” prefix was introduced on Korean-made instruments in 1997, designating instrument made in Korea at the Cort factory.
The remaining six digits are the unit identifier, but they are not sequential and do not provide further identification information about the instrument.
Although Fender began producing Fender and Squier instruments in Korea in 1988, its digital records only go back to mid-1993, with little if any information available on serial numbering from 1988 through 1992.
It is accepted that there were serial numbers with and without letter prefixes at that time, but as definitive information is lacking, serial-number dating for Korean instruments made before 1993 is highly uncertain.
What I got was a condescending (flavored) email from a Customer Service rep.
informing me that my serial number doesn't correspond with their records.